Dinner with the Hostages

TIME Correspondent John Borrell was finishing his dinner around midnight in the luxurious Summerland hotel just south of Beirut when a large, bedraggled group arrived for a late supper. Borrell did a double take: here were 32 hostages who had been roused from their beds Friday night for what was intended to be a farewell meal. Borrell, the only reporter in the restaurant when the hostages arrived, sent this account:

They sat at four tables next to where I was draining the dregs of a coffee cup. Aware that I might be thrown out if the guards decided I was a...

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